21-Day Tummy Diet Success Stories

Our testers collectively lost 90 pounds and 29 belly inches in just three weeks on the 21-Day Tummy plan, and improved their digestion too! Read their diet success stories here.

By Liz Vaccariello from 21-Day Tummy (Reader's Digest Association Books)

Dorothy Nuzzo

Steve Vaccariello

Lightening—and Lighting—Up at Midlife

Dorothy Nuzzo, 55
Lost 6 1/2 pounds and 2 ¼ belly inches in 21 days!
Proudest accomplishments: Wasn’t tempted by cake; walked farther and faster
Favorite meal: Belly Soother Smoothie

Like many women, Dorothy Nuzzo didn’t like her belly very much. “It was big and in my way all the time,” she complained before she started the 21-Day Tummy meal plan. When she sat, she felt the weight of her stomach pressing up, likely a cause of her frequent gas and heartburn. When she lay down to sleep, she found it tough to roll over. And every pound showed on her petite frame.

After 21-Day Tummy? Heartburn and gas are no longer a part of Dorothy’s life; they are 100 percent gone. Her body aches have decreased, she’s more flexible, and she was able to go from 3.8 miles per hour on the treadmill to 4.5 miles. “I feel much lighter,” she says. “I can move much easier, and I feel much more comfortable in my clothes. I feel that my belly is a lot flatter.”

In addition, she exclaims, “I lost more than 6 pounds, and for someone my size—I’m only 4’10”—that’s a lot of weight. It shows right away.”

The best part? “I was always full. I never felt hungry, and I felt good about eating healthy foods.”

Going out to dinner is Dorothy’s favorite way to relax. She says it wasn’t a problem to stick with the diet in restaurants. “I never cheated. If I saw cake, I didn’t want to eat it because I was full. That was the biggest surprise. I was thrilled by that, actually.” Unlike other diets, on which she lost weight but didn’t feel good, the 21-Day Tummy plan caused her energy levels to soar, her overall well-being to improve, and her self-confidence to fly off the charts. “All in all, I am feeling great!” she proclaims.

The happiest news? Dorothy has learned exactly what foods she should avoid to stay this way. Onions, bread, and soft cheeses like ricotta are among Dorothy’s personal Belly Bullies. “The heartburn and bloating come back big time when I eat them. The diet changed my eating habits and made me much more aware of what I am consuming. I can evaluate if what I am about to eat is worth the calories and/or discomfort.”

Next: Tonya sets a better example for her daughter—and loses 6 pounds »

Steve Vaccariello

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